Specialist Installer of Solar Systems in Oxford and Surrounding Counties

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Fronius has just launched its new plug in Datamanger card that allows the performance of solar photovoltaic systems to be viewed over the net. The card is available in both LAN and WLAN formats.

The card is compatible with inverters from the IG and IGplus range.

Until now most in-house monitoring systems have been expensive to buy, or their standalone monitors a novelty at first which soon wears off.

Sims Solar has just installed one of the cards and the process of installation while initially daunting (being a bit of a luddite when it comes to networking computers) was very straight forward and success was achieved first time round.

All you need is the Datamanager card and a laptop. The Datamanager card is placed into one of the 'option' slots at the bottom of the inverter. The Card is then configured locally from the laptop using a fixed IP address provided with Datamanager card. The configuration process is documented in the supplied literature. You note the unique reference of the Card which is presented during configuration. Once you have completed the configuration you switch the networking toggle on the Card to dynamic IP (position B) insert the network cable for LAN units or aerial on WLAN units and the Datamanager does the rest. LEDs on the card illuminate to confirm you have network access and that the unit is talking to the Fronius Solar.Web servers.

You then need to create a Solar.Web account which is free, enter the unique reference of the card and then you can view system performance via the web, using your favourite smart gadget or internet browser.

So what do you get? the obvious instantaneous output, plus last 7 days and stats like the equivalency number of miles saved in terms of carbon footprint. You are also alerted if the system goes down for more than 12 hours ( a user definable setting).

We operate our WLAN over a 60m range and it seams pretty stable

The output from our system can be viewed in a limited form as a Guest .